Manu is back!

Finally! Ginobili was back to himself in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. He was hitting in your face threes, pullup jumpers, and crazy scoop layups. It was about time he started scoring for the Spurs. In games 1 and 2, he was horrific. I mean Ginobili wasn’t really there. I thought it was a clone who had half the skills of the original Manu. In the first two games, he looked really tired. If you looked closely at his face, it was pale and there were dark circles in his eyes. His shots were way off and he couldn’t stay in front of his man on defense.

In game 3, that all changed. The Spurs were down 15-8. Ginobili then drops two straight 3-pointers. That was a huge momentum shift. However, I thought the defining moment of “My name is Ginobili . . . Sasha Vujacic, I will own you from now to the end of the series . . .” was when he drove into the lane, did a pump fake, and shot an over-the-head hook while getting fouled. He made five treys and ended up scoring 30 points with 60% shooting in only 31 minutes.

Take a look at his highlights.

Make no mistake, though. Game 4 is a must-win for the Spurs. If they lose, they will go down 3-1 with two more away games. Then it will be near impossible for the Spurs to win the series. If they do win, they will be 2-2. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Spurs can equalize the series this Tuesday.

Happy Memorial Day.

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